The offensive powerhouse Nashville Predators head into San Jose to take on a Sharks team with an explosive offense that is clicking on all cylinders.
All joking aside, the tight, defensive-minded Predators, a team that no one in the hockey world thinks of as a huge offensive threat, have scored at least four goals in three of their last six games. On the other side, the Sharks haven’t scored more than two goals in their last nine games, including zero against Nashville back on February 12. The last time the Sharks have scored four goals in a game? January 27, against Vancouver.
During the Sharks’ season-opening seven game winning streak, the Sharks scored at least four goals in five of those games. To say that it’s important for them to get back to their scoring ways is an understatement.
I truly believe that the Sharks are one strong game away from turning the season around. Beating a lowly Colorado Avalanche team (without their two best players in Ryan O’ Reilly and Matt Duchene, no less) in a shootout isn’t it. And taking the Red Wings and their backup goaltender to a shootout loss isn’t it either.
Getting back to their scoring ways against one of the best defensive teams in hockey would go a long way in building the confidence of this team. Can it happen? Absolutely. Will it happen? Maybe…but probably not.
This is a must-win situation for the Sharks. But more importantly, they need to win this game decisively, in regulation. If they don’t, I think it’s time for some changes. And if they lose, then it’s definitely time for some changes.
Tonight we’ll see who wants to stay in teal, because guys should be playing for their jobs.
(Inaccurate) Prediction: Sharks win 3-2 in overtime, meaning some players will be moved before their game Tuesday in Vancouver.